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This week on Market Journal…

     Cattle Markets – The cattle markets might not be as favorable going into late spring and early summer as some had thought a few months ago. Mike Briggs says economic factors have changed the cattle market outlook.
     Free Trade Agreement –Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach and representatives from Nebraska’s pork, beef and wheat industries recently returned from South Korea, where a free trade agreement began on March 15th. Ibach said South Korea was Nebraska’s fifth largest trade partner in 2011 and should grow in 2012.
     Husker Food Connection – Students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources volunteered to teach students on UNL’s city campus about agriculture on Tuesday. Market Journal’s Emilee Dorn reports on the Husker Food Connection.
     Drought Planning – March and early April have given Nebraska warm temperatures and little precipitation. Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, says there is no need to panic, but farmers and ranchers do need to plan for any level of drought this season.
     Skip-Row Planting – Yields will decrease if corn doesn’t receive enough moisture during crucial growing periods. Drew Lyon, UNL Extension dryland crops specialist, says a technique called skip-row planting may help to maximize soil moisture.
     Irrigation Plans – It may seem dry in Nebraska, but reservoirs are full. Dean Yonts, UNL Extension irrigation engineer, says although reservoirs are at capacity, farmers should still look at conservation in case of extended periods with no precipitation.
     Seven-Day Forecast – Al Dutcher, UNL Extension statewide climatologist, says more rain is to come in the next seven days.